Team Cigar Review: German Engineered NN01

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Cigar Details: German Engineered NN01

  • Vitola: Churchill
  • Length: 7″
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Undisclosed
  • Binder: Undisclosed
  • Filler: Undisclosed
  • Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $8.90
  • Release Date: April 2021
  • Source: German Engineered

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the German Engineered NN01 is light brown and has a network of lightly raised veins present. The seams are a bit raised while the caps are very well applied. The band is very similar to parchment paper with the printing in a glossy clear material which makes it impossible to read without tilting it in the light to catch the glare. Based on the marketing material, I think the idea was to make the band look like the cigar was transparent in that section, but it didn’t translate on the final product. The aroma from the wrapper is lightly musty cedar and some light earth. The foot brings musty cedar, nuttiness with some sweetness and a mild spiciness. The pre-light draw brings musty cedar and light hay.
Seth: Finished with a lovely Colorado coloring wrapper, the German Engineered NN01 is silky in texture with veins present throughout. It has an antique brown coloring to the wrapper, and it is somewhat soft in texture. The wrapper is giving off aromas of freshly cut wood, and the foot is delivering spice and fruit notes.
John: The German Engineered NN01 comes in cellophane with a UPC sticker that tears in half when it’s opened. The band at first appears as just a plain, white band, but NN01 is raised and impacted against the band. The wrapper has a rustic appearance to it, and is tan in color. For aromas, I was able to pick out bread, damp wood and faint hay. From the foot, I could pick out light raisin and sweet tobacco.
Jiunn: The German Engineered NN01 has a Colorado Claro wrapper shade. The wrapper coloring is flawed as there are traces of green, unfermented parts. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give flowers and cedar. Aromas from the foot tell a blast of white pepper and flowers. Cold draw provides cedar shavings and hay.

Team Cigar Review: German Engineered NN01

Team Cigar Review: German Engineered NN01

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with a mellow profile of slightly musty cedar. At a half inch in, some dry earth and mild black pepper join the profile. The retrohale is a mix of the musty cedar and dry earth. At an inch and a half, the musty cedar and dry earth are even. As the third comes to a close, the black pepper picks up so that all components are even. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third opens with some lovely mineral and salted wood notes. There are some creamy aspects as well, and the finish is that of dry earth. Not overly complex, but quite enjoyable. Solid medium in strength and body.
John: My first few puffs I was able to pick up flavors of sweet bread, and slightly dry cedar to finish. Light plus strength baking spices establish on the retrohale almost immediately. As the cigar progresses, mild, sour citrus came through, reminiscent of grapefruit. Approaching the halfway point, mild mustiness settled into the center. In the bottom half, mild chocolate joined as well.
Jiunn: The first third gives off more soft notes than aggressive notes. Notes of hay, cedar, meat and floral tones. When retrohaling, the cigar shows some white pepper spice, as well as increased meatiness. The finish is disappointing, giving off a dry and bitter taste. Strength and body is medium.

Team Cigar Review: German Engineered NN01

Team Cigar Review: German Engineered NN01

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the dry earth drops into the background. At three quarters of an inch in, the cedar gains a toasted note. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, dry earth and light black pepper. The third wraps up with an even mix of toasted cedar, dry earth and black pepper. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.
Seth: The second third shows an increase in strength and body, and the cigar is smoking around a medium-full level. I am getting some citrus spice notes, and they are pairing well with the earthiness, creaminess and wood flavors. There is a faint leather profile as well.
John: The second third got things started with mild, musty cedar, muted bread, with baking spices only coming through after a few puffs. Mild, dry post draw wood settles in not long after. The sour citrus was present again, but it was pushed aside by the musty flavors at times.
Jiunn: Smoking through the second third, the profile creates a shiny metallic note. This note, mixed with the existing dry and bitterness, is quite off-putting. Strength and body remains medium.

Team Cigar Review: German Engineered NN01

Team Cigar Review: German Engineered NN01

Final Third

Aaron: The final third begins with the black pepper moving to the background as the toast note has become fairly heavy. At a half inch in, the cedar takes on a light char. The retrohale is light charred cedar and dry earth. At an inch and a half, the char level picks up. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third delivered a profile of seasoned wood, salt, lemon peel and white pepper. There were some creamy and dry earth aspects as well, and it was nice finish. Like before, I would consider the final third medium-full in strength and body.
John: The overall profile impression was milder going into the last third. There is still musty cedar, and a mild tannic cedar to finish. As it progressed, chocolate started to come through.
Jiunn: The final third isn’t as offensive as the second third. The metallic note has transitioned to more of a white pepper note. But unfortunately, the dryness and bitterness is still prevalent, taking over the entire profile. Strength and body finish the same medium.

Team Cigar Review: German Engineered NN01

Team Cigar Review: German Engineered NN01

Burn

Aaron: The burn was atrocious. I stopped counting after 10 re-lights. Multiple times after removing the ash to re-light, I found rock hard charred tobacco underneath.
Seth: Burn was not great throughout and I had to re-light the cigar a couple times.
John: The burn required no attention with a straight white, slightly gray ash that held on up to 2 inches at times.
Jiunn: Aside from flowery and falling ashes and an entire re-light, the burn performance was good.

Team Cigar Review: German Engineered NN01

Team Cigar Review: German Engineered NN01

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t seem to be a problem that contributed to the burn issues.
Seth: Draw was decent. No problems.
John: The draw had some minor resistance to it, roughly 1-1/2 to 2 notches into the resistant spectrum.
Jiunn: The draw was perfect, giving the ideal air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The flavor profile was fairly average through the first two thirds, focused around musty, toasted cedar, dry earth and black pepper. The final third saw the re-lights take their toll as the cedar became charred and built up. The burn was just the undoing of this cigar. I have to think the burn issues are a one off, and if the others didn’t experience the same, then I’d be open to revisiting the cigar, but as it stands, this has left a poor impression for me.
Seth: I would come back to the German Engineered NN01, and I am curious about smoking other cigars from German Engineered Cigars. They have caught my attention and I want to smoke every vitola offering they have in all their lines. I love European blends that are non-Cuban, and if you tend to agree with my thoughts on cigars, you will want to smoke this cigar. They have some funky vitola offerings, which I think you see with European brands, and the profiles are complex but not over the top. Very complimentary blends. Prices are amazing as well. Under $9.00 for this cigar!
John: The German Engineered NN01 was a curious dichotomy as it seemed to deliver on good flavors in the first and second third, although sitting back down to write the review I couldn’t tell you what stood out for me for the profile or overall impression. I would smoke one of these again. The price should make these quite approachable for most smokers. The burn was flawless, and the draw had some minor resistance to it. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 5 minutes.
Jiunn: I love the concept of what German Engineered is offering. As it should be with all cigars, the marriage of tobaccos should tell the entire experience. But the concept was a miss for the German Engineered NN01. The bitter and dry finish was too much of a factor, making the overall tasting experience average. Flavors aside, the construction wasn’t quite up to par either, falling short of expected perfection on the burn. Hopefully the brand sells through this release so that I can review their next attempt at what German engineering has to offer.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

4.28

Cost/Point

$2.08

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.07

Cost/Point

$1.47

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.67

Cost/Point

$1.33

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$1.68

Scoring System

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